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Inspired

Ask Jules: Keep Calm and Carry Confidence

One of the greatest joys in my life is hearing stories about your successes and knowing you all are happy, thriving, reaching and achieving your goals. This letter from Taranah made me “wahoo!” out loud! Talk about an inspiring, goal-slaying rock star. I’m proud of Taranah’s success and am honored to have been a very small part of it — let’s be real, this was all you girl! Following this great Ask Jules email are the takeaways Taranah is referring to from my interview with Lewis Howes. Hope the video inspires you to be an even better you, too!

Dear Julianne,

I wanted to share something with you and say thank you for it! I’m in my second year at university studying psychology and we have to take a mandatory course in statistics and coding for which the exam is very difficult. Even though I studied really hard all year, I was extremely anxious during the months leading up to the exam. I tried to be balanced by meditating and working out every day, things both you and my mom advocate! But, I was still very nervous and lacked confidence — and then I watched your interview on success with Lewis Howes from 2015 and somehow it felt like what you said flicked a switch in my brain and I started practicing what you said about breathing and about looking in the mirror and building up your own confidence even when you don’t feel confident or believe the things you’re saying. I watched parts of it every time I started feeling anxious and then practiced your tips.

I got my results today and on this course, which is difficult even to pass, I got 91%! I credit you with a lot of that because all the knowledge I had would never have been enough if I lacked the confidence and calmness to apply it in a stressful situation.

Thank you thank you thank you — you are amazing in every way!

I realise you have an incredibly busy life so of course I’m not expecting an answer but I really hope you read this because I so wanted you to know 🙂

Lots of Love,
Taranah
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Home Decor

Ask Jules: Home Decor Advice with Jake Arnold

I’ve always had an interest in interior design, but it wasn’t until I started working on my dream home that it became a full-on passion. I partnered with creative genius Jake Arnold to make my visions a reality, and he really helped me achieve exactly what I had imagined. Together we created a sanctuary I still get excited to come home to.

The icing on the cake was having the honor of being featured in Better Homes and Gardens magazine! We’ve since received a ton of emails like the one below from Amy. I’m happy to help your design dreams come true — we should all have a sanctuary awaiting us after a long day away from home!

xo
Jules

Hello!

Ok, am I absolutely dying to know where you got/what fabric your pillow is on the cover of BH&G!! (The greenish/ blue one behind the Zak+Fox one)… I’ve been looking for a color like that everywhere and it’s always either too blue or too green and never quite right! I love its texture as well! Would love it if you could tell me about it :).

Thank you!!

Amy

Amy,

The pillow you love is from a company called Continue Reading

Recipes

“The One” Peanut Butter Cookie You Need In Your Life

I absolutely love this peanut butter cookie recipe sent to my Ask Jules inbox from Cherie! It’s called “The One” because all the ingredients measure out to one cup or one teaspoon.

It’s not only simple to make, the recipe itself is very clean — especially considering it’s for cookies. “The One” Cookie is gluten free, and if you source your ingredients right, it can also be completely organic.

I’m a fan of the high protein and healthy fats, too. Thanks for sharing, Cherie!

Ingredients:
• 1 cup all natural peanut butter
• 1 cup turbinado or unbleached sugar
• 1 egg (or egg substitute if vegan)
• 1 tsp vanilla

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Mix all ingredients listed.
3. Roll into small balls.
4. Flatten with a fork.
5. Place on a greased cookie sheet and bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes.

Enjoy!

Inspired

Ask Jules: Prom Confidence

The Ask Jules email below brought to my attention how similar it can be to prepare for prom and getting ready to walk the red carpet. As daunting as both can be, it’s important to maintain a healthy mindset, dress in a way that makes you feel your very best, and remember to be kind to yourself. You deserve it!

Hello Julianne,

I just wanted to tell you how much you inspire me through your kindness and motivation. You’re one of the people I look up to most in life and I just want to thank you for showing me how to help others and be the best version of myself! Secondly, I am a senior in high school and prom is coming up so I have a few questions that I’d love to know your advice/opinions about.

My first question is about the dress. I am not a very materialistic person so it is not too important to me that I have a super expensive, fancy dress, but at the same time I still want to feel pretty and princess-y. Do you know of any relatively inexpensive options or any tips on how to feel confident in a dress?

I’ve been eating well and trying to live a more holistic life lately, which has helped a lot to boost my confidence, but there are some days when I still struggle with that. Do you have any tips that you use on red carpets or for formal events that keep you feeling happy and confident even after multiple hours? I know the red carpet and prom are completely different but I think some of the concepts are similar.

Also if you have any input on makeup and hair you’re willing to share I’d love to know!

I know you’re a super busy person and I’ve asked a lot (sorry for that) but if you do read this I would be super, super, appreciative and thrilled if you responded. Thank you for everything!!!

Thank you,
Maddie
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Wedding

Your Guide To The Perfect Bachelorette Bash with Lauren Bushnell

A few weeks ago, my girlfriends and family hosted my bachelorette party down in Mexico. It was one of the most memorable weekends of my life! There are few instances where almost all the ladies you love most come together to celebrate love –- and to me, that’s the best part of the bachelorette tradition. When I received this Ask Jules email from Ami about throwing the perfect bachelorette party for her friend, I knew exactly who to turn to for advice: Lauren Bushnell. Lauren is another bride-to-be, and she also knows a thing or two about being a bachelorette (wink wink).

Read on for her awesome suggestions for hosting the ultimate LA-based bachelorette bash!

xo
Jules

Hey Jules!
I am SO excited to be able to get your advice on how to throw the perfect bachelorette party for my bff! You seem to throw the best parties whether it be Bachelor viewing night, family gatherings at the lake or summer hangs by the pool!!

Carrie and I have been best friends since high school and she is the last of our group to get married and just a super special girl!!:) There will be 10 of us and we want to keep it flirty and fun with just a little bit of sexy to make her turn red! Can you give me some suggestions for the LA area in late April?

Thanks Jules!!
Ami

Hi Ami,

I LOVE bachelorette parties! Having all your girls in one place, celebrating love while also letting loose is the perfect equation for fun. Planning a wedding is a lot of work so bach parties are a much needed escape from the stresses of preparing for the big day.

I personally have always liked the more low-key getaways. Los Angeles is a great place for the ultimate girls trip. Don’t get me wrong — I love a good weekend in Vegas, but when it comes to Bachelorette parties that type of adventure is predictable and overdone.

When it comes to LA, Santa Monica is a great place to enjoy both the beach and the city. There are plenty of bars nearby, lots of good shopping, and great food. It’s the best place to both relax and celebrate at the same time! Continue Reading

Healthy

Ask Jules: Late Night Snacking

We’ve all been there. Or if you’re like me, you’re there pretty much every night. A few hours post dinner, somewhat close to bedtime, a little voice pops into my head and says, “I’m kinda hungry…”

I know we’re not supposed to snack late at night, but how bad can it be, really? Samantha’s Ask Jules email made me wonder: are all nighttime snacks created evil? I asked my friends at Nourish what we should snack on in our jammies. Continue Reading

Inspired

Ask Jules: Confidence 101

There’s a well-known saying that goes, “Great athletes aren’t born, they are made.” Well, I believe the same applies to confidence. Confident people aren’t born that way, it’s something they’ve grown to believe.

I would consider myself a confident person, but in all honesty, it takes practice. We all have moments of self doubt and uncertainty depending on what’s happening in our lives and how we’re feeling at the time.

Hi Jules,
I would like to just take this moment, to say thank you. Thank you for your support, your generosity, your love and passion to help those and help others.

When I watch Safe Haven (which is my favourite!) I can’t help but understand and empathise with the character Katie. You play her with so much confidence. You took the role and made her come to life, providing me with the feeling that someone else understands.

I’ve had my fair share of problems, and I’m still dealing with them now; but I use the character of Katie as a role model. She found happiness and self confidence in her darkest times, so will I find mine?

My question is: how did you get so confident? Were you born confident? Do you have any tips for growing confidence?

I am almost in my final year of teacher training, and confidence when I’m not in the classroom is a downfall of mine. I want to be the best teacher I can possibly be, so any tips or advice on self-growth would be fantastic. Thank you!

Love,
Kyra
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Inspired

Galentine’s Day: The Story Of How I Met Kristy

To me, Valentines Day is about celebrating love, and not just romantic love. You can love a teacher, a mentor, a friend. The Ask Jules email below asked about one of my favorite Valentines for over five years now, my assistant and great friend, Kristy Sowin. Her story for how we met is an inspiring one. As the saying goes, everything happens for a reason! And I’m glad this one happened to us.

xo
Jules

Hi Julianne,

My name is Laurie, and first I want to tell you that I am a big fan of yours! I have a question for you. I would like to know how you and Kristy met and became such close friends? You have such a good friendship. 👯

Thank you,
Laurie Lefebvre
Montreal, Canada
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Hey, Laurie! Kristy, here. A lot of people don’t know how Julianne and I met, so I’m glad you asked! It’s one of my favorite stories. Continue Reading

Fitness

7 Exercises To Stay Fit At Your Day Job

Although I’m a very active person, there are definitely times when I feel chained to my desk — whether it’s reading a script, working on this website, or catching up on emails. I understand the feeling of not having enough hours in the day to get up and move. When I received this Ask Jules email from Chloe, I knew exactly who should handle it: my trainer and friend Erica Hood from Body By Simone! Erica has many clients who work long, hard hours from their offices. She was happy to share the workouts she gives them, to you! Let me know how these go!

xo
Jules

Hi Julianne,

I currently work in a small office, in a very rural area, and I am starting to get paranoid about my lack of movement throughout the day! I can sometimes go hours without moving… and the worst bit is I don’t even realise! Eeeeek!

Do you have any ideas or tips for people who work in office environments and staying fit?! I need to move more but am struggling to find a way to do so within a small office. Any advice would greatly appreciated!

Thank you! Big fan!!

Chloe xxxxx

Hi Chloe,

I recommend getting a Fitbit! I own one and love it because it will tell you to get up and move around when you’ve been sitting still or have been inactive for too long. The Fitbit app is super user friendly and you can adjust your settings for certain time increments that work best for your schedule. For example: every hour remind me to get up & move! When the alarm goes off you simply stand and do some squats, jumping jacks or walk around the office.

Here are some step-by-step exercises that you can do at your desk (even in a small space). All you need is your desk chair. The exercises range from beginner to advanced.

**Please execute with caution & avoid using a chair with wheels.**

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Erica Continue Reading

Home Decor

5 Steps To Creating The Living Room Of Your Dreams

When it comes to styling anything — an outfit, your hair, a home, it can be especially difficult to execute your vision without a certain level of expertise. That’s part of what makes stylists and designers so essential. They are able to take a concept or idea and make it a reality, in the best way possible. I turn to the special specialists in my life in areas such as home decor because they truly know their craft. Not only do I enjoy the end result but I learn so much working with these artists. If you love my at-home style then you’ll love my interior designer Jake Arnold. Jake was generous enough to give this reader’s home some special attention, just as he does for me. I love the suggestions he made for Venita’s room refresh!

Need help? Email me at askjuleshough@gmail.com!

Hello, Julianne!

I’m in need of refreshing this room! I love your style. Anything will help!

Sincerely,

Venita Koenig

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Venita,

When looking at this space I see many quick, easy and inexpensive ways to refresh and spruce up the room. Before changing out any furniture or adding any accessories, there is a quick to-do list that will ensure a fresh new slate to work with.

1. Painting the walls a soft white will instantly refresh the space and add a new lease of life and the perfect backdrop when adding in other textures and materials to create a well balanced space. Try Benjamin Moore’s Simply White

2. The fireplace is the main feature of the room, so it is important to either work with it to add to the overall aesthetic of the room or to mask it. I always believe less is more. Instead of introducing another color or bold print that may become tired and fall into the trend of cement tiles that is a trend that is already getting old, use a simple natural hand made tile to add texture and interest. Look for Zellige Tiles in white.

3. Mirrors in any space are a must! Not only does it make your space feel larger and add depth its a great way of bouncing light around the room. Hang a mirror over the fireplace for maximum sophistication.

4. When it comes to plants and natural elements a tree is the best way to add life to any space big or small. The current tree in this room needs an update to reflect the soft, muted feel of the furnishings that I think work best in this space.

5. When in doubt do less — not more — and strip back strong elements first before adding more to avoid a messy result. Stick to neutral large pieces and introduce color through muted pillows, textiles and greenery.

– Jake

Loretta Wall Mirror | Harmony Sofa | Expat Lounge Chair | Mohair Striped Pillows | Olive Tree in Planter | Jarvis Grey Jute Blend Rug | Emmerson Reclaimed Wood Coffee Table

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